Madness at Disney! It’s Anarchy, I tell you!

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Quaid

In case you didn’t hear, things are quietly changing at Disney.  Okay, maybe not so quietly.

DisneyCastleHere’s the long and short of it.  Friday afternoon it was quietly announced that chairman Dick Cook was leaving the Mouse House.  All signs indicate that CEO Bob Iger was behind the “decision,” which is doubletalk for “firing.”

Disney, of course, is not admitting that Cook was fired or asked to leave, but the man was at Disney for thirty-eight years.  It seems odd that he’d wake up one morning and decide to leave.

No, it’s more likely that Iger was unhappy with some of the choices that Cook had made and the fact that many of the movies he was behind didn’t make bank.

One movie he had a hand in that did fairly well, though, was The Pirates fo the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Reports paint Cook as one of the defenders of the film–more specifically Johnny Depp’s “unconventional” take on the character of Captain Jack Sparrow.

JohnnyDeppPiratesCook and Depp formed a super-tight relationship, it seems…so much so that the unemployed chairman made a personal call to Depp to break the news of his departure.

And now, Disney might just lose it’s most bankable star.  While Depp is in talks to return for a fourth Pirates, the L.A. Times reports that Depp has stated that  ”There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment.  It was all born in that office.”

Hah.  I wonder if Iger saw that one coming.  Of course, Depp’s official statement is that he’s waiting to see a final script to decide if he wants to take on the role.  Mmmm-hmmm.

But wait! There’s more!

Just a few weeks ago Disney acquired Marvel studios for an ungodly amount of money.  Today, rumblings have begun that Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, will replace Dick Cook.

Rumor has it that during the acquisition, Iger became wildly impressed with Feige.  Could it be that Iger masterminded this whole thing?!?  If so, it’s a bit of a slap in the face; Cook was instrumental in making the deal with Marvel.

Deadline Hollywood has more on this compelling turn.

So, Marvel’s in, Cook’s out, Depp’s on the fence, and I’m out of jokes.  Let’s just hope John Lasseter maintains his position at the corporation. Otherwise the world will explode.                           

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